Don't have a rubbish Christmas

Please use the table below to determine when your collections will take place over the festive period.

The left-hand column details the regular collection dates and the corresponding row in the right-hand column states when the collection will be made. 

All collections will return to the normal schedule as of Monday 16th January.

Christmas waste and recycling collection dates

Usual collection day
Revised collection day
Tuesday 10 January 2017
Wednesday 11 January 2017
Wednesday 11 January 2017
Thursday 12 January 2017
Thursday 12 January 2017
Friday 13 January 2017
Friday 13 January 2017
Saturday 14 January 2017

Download your recycling calendar for 2017

Christmas hangers will be delivered to all houses within the district detailing the revised collection dates for the Christmas collections and the scheduled collections for 2017.

Don't have a rubbish Christmas

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How to recycle your Christmas waste

Christmas trees

If you live in a house, your real Christmas tree can be put out for recycling. Put it out to the side of your garden waste bin, on either your first or second collection after Christmas. The crews can’t collect large trees with a trunk diameter of more than two inches, as these will not compost easily. After this time, or if you have a large tree, please take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre (see: Please remove all decorations first! If you live in a flat, please don’t leave your tree in the bin area. Please take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Some garden centres will collect your tree for a small fee (including Ayletts – 01727 822255).

Wrapping paper and Christmas cards

All non-metallic, non-sparkly paper and Christmas cards can be recycled. Please put them in your paper recycling box.
Christmas cards can also be recycled for charity at various stores throughout the district.
E cards are a good way of sending Christmas messages without the paper and there are a number of websites that offer this service. 


If you live in a house, please flatten your card and put it in (or securely under) your paper and card recycling box. If you live in a flat, please put your flattened cardboard in the labelled bin in your communal recycling area. Please remove all plastic.

Polystyrene is not recyclable – this needs to go in your landfill waste bin.

Christmas food

In the UK 7 million tonnes of food is wasted by households every year. This equates to approximately £12.5 billion worth of food. Often the festive period can lead to increased amounts of food waste being created, for advice on managing food waste watch our video here.

Please use your kerbside caddy so food waste can be turned into fertiliser rather than sent to the tip. Food waste is heavy, and costs around £100 per tonne to send to landfill. Please recycle as much as possible. Food waste is collected every week. If you live in a flat, please empty your kitchen caddy into the shared food waste bin in your communal recycling area. Replacement compostable liners can be bought from local supermarkets, or you can use paper bags.

Tips on food waste prevention can be found at to help sort out your food and storage in the run up to Christmas, such as if you notice something in your fridge coming up to it's 'best before' date, why not pop it in the freezer.

Love Food Hate Waste is a website packed with hints, tips and ideas on how to reduce food waste.


How about a swishing party to recycle your unwanted clothes with your friends and gain some new additions to your wardrobe?

Or have a clear out of unwanted items and donate them to local charity shops.

Alternatively you can put out carrier bags of clothes and textiles each week with your waste collections and the crews will pick these up, but please do not present them in black sacks.

Small Electrical Items

Each year in the UK we go through over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste, that is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses. 

Small electrical items such as hairdryers, irons and toasters can be put out for collection in carrier bags next to your bins each week. There are also recycling banks for electrical items at Morrison's, Hatfield Road and Waitrose, Mayne Avenue. 

Larger electrical items such as TVs and fridges can be taken to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre for recycling. We offer a bulky waste collection service too at a cost of £45 for up to 6 items (furniture, washing machines, etc). Residents in receipt of some benefits can get this service for free. See: for details.

Batteries can be recycled at any shop that sells them.

Missed Collections

If your refuse or recycling has been missed for collection please report this within 2 working days via phone 01727 809019, email or via the online missed collection form

Date of last review: 12 December 2016

Waste Collections in the snow

winter new home page We will be working hard to keep services going this  winter. If snow and ice hit the District we have plans in place to help keep disruption to waste and recycling services to a minimum. If disruption lasts for a day or two, collections will roll on one day until we catch up. Crews will work on Saturdays until backlogs are cleared. Where disruption is more severe, lasting 3 days or more, recycling collections will be suspended for those roads that we have not been able to get to. In these roads, we will continue to try to collect, and when we do, all rubbish and food waste will be sent to the tip as landfill. You may prefer not to put your food caddy out until the next week so the content can be recycled instead. Other recycling will be collected on the next scheduled collection day, weather permitting.

See also our Winter weather service updates for news of what is happening in your area.